Lets Play: Retro Challenge Gamer

Slapping on the Mega Man due to lack of any original avatar art!

Retrochallengegamer is a new Let's Player who started up on March 20, 2013. He focuses mainly on Challenge Let's Plays. He has stated he will not cover everything in each game he plays nor explore out the extra content found within; his primary purpose is to see if the main portion of each game played is possible given the challenge he sets for himself. He is sometimes accompanied by his wife, referred to as 'Mrs. Retrochallengegamer.' Some of their banter during the commentary can be hilarious given the context of the video and him having to explain various gameplay concepts to her as they are playing. At the end of every play series, he gives a final difficulty score rating to the game and basic thoughts about playing the challenge; it finally ends on a running tally between how many challenges he's successfully completed and how many he's failed.

His videos are found here. You can follow him on Twitter here.

    Games Retrochallengegamer has finished 

    Games currently in progress*/planned- 

Tropes associated with Retrochallengegamer and his videos:

  • 100% Completion: Defied, Knowing that his challenges will pertain to the main core game material, optional content is usually not explored.
  • Bonus Material: He has attached death outtakes to the end of his videos. Examples include his play series of Quake II, Super Mario Bros. 1 and Mega Man 1.
  • Catch Phrase: Doesn't have many but there are a few noteable ones:
    • "Oh my goodness!"
    • "Crickey!"
    • "Jiminy Christmas!"
    • "That felt delicious!"
    • A rather unintelligble "Wha-dij-it!?" during almost every unfortunate death.
  • Cliff Hanger: Ending several videos right before certain bosses or exciting bits.
    • In his Beyond Good & Evil Let's Play, he ends part 21 right before the final boss battle at the climax of the entire game!
    • So many infuriating cliffhangers are in his The Walking Dead Let's Play that it is almost guaranteed he'll have many more in the second season of the game series.
  • Content Warnings: Before every video for his Quake II and Prey Let's Plays, a ESRB Mature logo is displayed, warning of the potential content in said videos. It is most likely going to be a recurring thing for future Mature Let's Plays.
  • Death Montage: Typically shown at the end of platform game videos, sometimes in a hilarious parody of old black and white comedy reels.
  • Follow the Leader: At least one person has been inspired to try certain challenges after watching Retrochallengegamer's videos. One example is the Youtube user Phibbykaden, who attempted the Shareware Arsenal Challenge while playing Descent. According to him, however, the results were less than stellar.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Rarely cusses in his videos and prefers to make them family friendly by doing so. Even putting content warnings in front of mature videos to get the point across. If he does sometimes slip and blurt out a cuss word, he usually masks it with a Chocobo wark.
  • Heroic BSOD: When realizing he doesn't have the skill to beat level 8 in The Legend of Zelda on his three heart run. He completely breaks down and has to lose to his very first challenge.
    • Another one where he fails at his first fan-game challenge with Mega Man Unlimited; where he could not complete Wily stage 4 with his challenge rules. He makes up for this by displaying all parts of the level being accomplished with the M.Buster and splicing his attempts together.
  • Mood Whiplash: Going from Mega Man, to The Walking Dead, to The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, to Prey, then Myst...he tends to jump around a lot with the variety of games he plays.
  • Schedule Fanatic: It appears that the videos are released on a consistent 'every-other-day' schedule. There are some exceptions to the rule, but they are uncommon.
  • Self-Imposed Challenge: The entire purpose of the channel, really.
  • Signing Off Catch Phrase: Has this at the end of every video but does sometimes forget.
    • "See ya later!"
  • Special Guest: Not as often, but his wife does hop in on full play series to commentate on his playing; often times to the hilarity of both viewer and RCG himself.
  • The Faceless: Just a voice. Prefers not to show what he looks like.
  • Verbal Tic: Tends to say 'All Right.' after a bunch of situations/events.